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Herd, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Herd, The

Rory Kinnear

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573703133

The debut play from Olivier and BIFA award-winning actor Rory Kinnear. A domestic family drama set on Andy Griffith's 21st Birthday, The Herd is a humorous and touching look at the minutiae of living with severe mental and physical disability.

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: Acting Edition
$17.95
: Large Print
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - Carol's house, on the 21st birthday of her son, Andy. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From West End

Andy, brain-damaged and physically incapacitated from birth, has a mental age of ten months. Carol, his anxiety-ridden mother, has arranged a small family party to celebrate Andy's 21st birthday. Not that he's counting. But Carol is. Counting the minutes until he arrives, counting the unexpected guests, counting the times that this has happened before. A witty and heartfelt look at family life when it doesn’t turn out quite the way you imagined.


REVIEWS

"...wise and truthful new play from Rory Kinnear that...has many moments that bring the tears flooding to your eyes." Chicago Tribune,  Read More

"Mr. Kinear writes witty, but always natural dialogue that allows his themes to emerge organically." The New York TimesRead More

"...a verbal and emotional rigor that has it's own particular kick." Chicago Sun-Times, Read More

“A vivid and unsentimental portrait of domestic life, flecked with wry humour” - Evening Standard,  Read More

“This play warrants nothing less than a box-office stampede” - The Telegraph, Read More 


Check out these photos from Steppenwolf Tehatre's production of The Herd in May 2015.


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER 

Joining THE HERD
by Garrett Anderson
December 10, 2015


The Herd premiered at The Bush Theatre in London in 2013, under the direction of Howard Davies. 

Characters

CASTING

4m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Parts for Senior Actors

ANDY - the severely disabled son of Carol
CAROL - his anxiety-ridden mother
CLAIRE - his elder sister
BRIAN - his grandfather
PATRICIA - his grandmother
MARK - Claire's boyfriend, a performance-poet
IAN - Andy's wayward father
Videos
  • Rory Kinnear on The Herd at Steppenwolf Theatre

  • Director Frank Galati on The Herd

  • Steppenwolf audience responses to The Herd

  • An interview with Rory Kinnear

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